Edward Krisa, 95, formerly of Norman, passed away peacefully Friday, May 24, 2019, in Palm Harbor, FL. He was born on October 6, 1923 in Hartford, Connecticut to Sofron and Eva (Dorosh) Krisa. His parents both immigrated from Ukraine before meeting in the US. He was the second of four children, though both oldest and youngest siblings died in infancy. Sadly, his mother died shortly after the youngest child was born when Ed was 6.
Depression Era life was hard for Ed, his father and sister, Mary. Ed and Mary spent some of their youth in orphanages in the NYC area when their father was unable to care for them himself. He recalled selling potatoes on the street to help. Ed graduated high school in 1941 and worked as a mail clerk and telegraph delivery boy, giving him entertaining stories to tell about notable customers such as Nikola Tesla and Eddie Rickenbacker.
Ed joined the Army Air Force in 1943 and was trained as a propeller mechanic. He spent the war at postings including Nebraska, Florida, Canada, and Alaska. Afterwards, he was honorably discharged with military decorations for Good Conduct, American Campaign and Asiatic-Pacific Theatre. In 1951, he began his career as a civilian for the Air Force in NYC handling procurement, quality assurance, and contract administration, including for Air Force One.
At a YMCA dance in NYC, magic happened when he met Gertrude (Trudy) Schroeder, a Czechoslovakian immigrant. They married in 1954 and had 4 children, 3 sons and a daughter. In 1970 they moved to Norman where Ed worked at the OKC Air Materials Area at Tinker AFB until retiring. They enjoyed 60 years of loving and laughing together before Trudy passed away in 2014.
Ed's first love was family, which grew as his children made friends and married. He encouraged his children and grandchildren in academics, sports, music, and the arts. He was fiercely loving and loyal to those he loved. His second love was the beach, especially the Gulf of Mexico, best shared with family during annual summer trips for many years.
Ed fully embraced retirement, doing the things he couldn't really do in his youth. He learned and loved square dancing, tap dancing, playing piano, jewelry making, traveling and exploring.
Ed is survived by his sister, Mary, sister-in-law Carol, his children, Tom, Ken, Peggy and Bill and their spouses; 7 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.
Services will be held Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 2PM at Havenbrook Funeral Home Chapel with interment immediately following at Sunset Memorial Park.